Nothing much related, I’m afraid. Micah and I were wondering if there’s a name for this Saturday. You’ve got Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter/Resurrection Sunday. Traditionally, the “harrowing of hell” was supposed to take place on Saturday (two points for alliteration). But there’s no good name for Saturday, at least that I’ve heard. Anyone?
Moving on to personal finance, the spotlight for the week is on Rocket Finance. Over the last year, he managed to leverage his excellent credit to bring in $5000.
This isn’t one of those get-rich-quick things—he had to have the good credit and put extraordinary dedication into it. Plus, he made the extra $5000 over a year, not in a day or a week. It’s just plain impressive!
It all started out when the perfect storm hit the Rocket family. He then discovered truly free cash in the forms of bonuses and the like. And now, a year later, he reflects on the outcome and lessons learned.
The Pinyo published an excellent response at Moolanomy about whether and when you sell your credit score. In Rocket’s case, it was for $5000 which helped them meet a tight budget. But you may be selling it for a free t-shirt just to sign up for a card.
Lynnae assures us that there’s no shame in renting. I think it’s a symbiotic situation. Some people have to see real estate as the best investment and have to have the personality for following through. I do not have that personality. Therefore I will never be a landlord, but I may be a renter (unless conditions are right for me to buy). If renters get too critical of landlords, they forget that they couldn’t rent without one. And if landlords say that renters are idiots…well their properties may start getting lonely once their tenants find out.
If you’re a landlord or own your own house, Dough Roller has some great tips for saving money on the utilities. Some points work for renters/occupants as well!
Patrick has a quick guide to when you’re getting your stimulus rebate. I wonder what it’ll do for us, since mine is near the beginning and Micah’s near the end.
And speaking of the economy, apparently people are getting more into precious metals…leaving brokers a bit overwhelmed @My Two Dollars.
PaidTwice has discovered the beauty of dental insurance—what would have cost her $1600 out of pocket turns out to be covered, so she only has to pay $155. Awesome!
Single Guy takes on bank fees. It’s important to be aware before things get ridiculous.
Gibble and Plonkee have our guilty pleasures posts—though both have important messages to consider.
Plonkee wonders whether McCarney and Mills should have gotten a prenup. I imagine that anything would have helped.
Gibble looks at giant motor homes with awe, envy, and understanding. I think I’d prefer the stationary aspects of my apartment to something better that moves. But that’s me.